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Court Docket Number Title Date Description Notes Box Folder
Parish Court (Slave Tribunal)
State vs Jim, slave of George Holloway 1826 Accused of theft. Includes the statement of the complainant, William Hendricks (fmc).
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State vs Isidore, slave of Casimir Lacoste 1835 Accused of assault with intent to kill a white person.
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State of Louisiana vs Rhoda and Betsy 1838 Rhoda, slave of Robert Slark, set fire to Slark's house on Bourbon Street between Canal and Customhouse, with the help and instigation of Betsy, slave of Mary Ann Grigson. Several slaves were to testify, but their names and testimony are not present in the record. Nor is there any information on the trial, verdict, or sentence in the matter. No docket number on the record 11 36
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State of Louisiana vs Henry, slave of John Freeland 1839 Notices from the court, one to the Attorney General notifying him of the trial of Henry, accused of murdering another slave, and one to Freeland, notifying him that his slave, Tom, would be called as a witness against Henry. No other detail on the matter is included. No docket number on the record 11 37
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State of Louisiana vs Ceasar, alias John, slave of Samuel W. Hite 1840 He was arrested by Thomas Downy, a Second Municipality watchman stationed on Julia Street. On the way to the watch house, he stabbed Downy in the left side with a dirk knife. Downy's deposition says that John was a slave of Mr. Baty. Several additional witnesses are listed on the back of the deposition. Also included is a statement by Jacobs that Ceasar had been sold to Hite in 1838. No docket number on the record 11 30
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State of Louisiana vs John, slave of Zeno Maxent 1840 Accused of assault and wounding a white man who attempted to keep him in place while another brought the guard to arrest him. The slave had been found in a store at 57 Tchoupitoulas St. He attacked the owner of the store and the man holding him while the third party was away. The signed statement of Peter Dassant, the man guarding the slave, is included. The other two men are named as witnesses, but their testimony is not present. The case was nolle prossed. No docket number on the record 11 42
Parish Court (Slave Tribunal)
State of Louisiana vs Lewis, slave of the Pontchartrain Rail Road Company 1840 Lewis hit Brackson, another Pontchartrain Rail Road slave, on the head with a stick and killed him. He was found guilty and sentenced to be hung on the Rail Road at Gentilly Land. But since Lewis had been well behaved prior to the incident, the Tribunal recommended him to the mercy of the Executive for a commutation of the sentence. The signed coroner's inquest is included in the record. No docket number on the record 11 28
Parish Court (Slave Tribunal)
State of Louisiana vs Nelson, slave of Bandeau 1840 In the yard of P. P. Bandeau on Rampart between Ursuline and Hospital, Nicolas Hoffman was struck with a heavy club by Nelson, who was charged with wounding and mutilating a white person Only Hoffman's statement is present. No docket number on the record; some notices related to this case are filed with the record of State vs Lewis (Box 11 Folder 28) 11 29
Parish Court (Slave Tribunal)
State of Louisiana vs Charles, slave of Louis Gurlie 1841 Two trial notices, two subpoenas, and a receipt for the affidavit, "together with a knife annexed to it," against Charles. No docket number on the record 11 49
Parish Court (Slave Tribunal)
State of Louisiana vs Edmond, slave of the Louisiana Sugar Refinery 1841 Charged with the murder of John, slave of Adolph Treme, by hitting him with a spade on the levee opposite the refinery. Included is a signed deposition by Hortaire Treme as well as the Coroner's inquest in the case. Several other witnesses are named, including Esther, Edmond's wife, and several other slaves. Edmond was respresented by an attorney and, by a vote of 4-3, was acquitted by the tribunal and returned to his master. No docket number on the record 11 51
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State of Louisiana vs Hamilton, slave of Hadden & Hall 1841 Charged with striking and wounding Thomas Shehan with a mallet and a stone. Shehan had been sent by Lt. Winter to arrest Hamilton at the request of his master. He found him, carrying a bundle, on Dryades Street, and when attempting to arrest him, was attacked. Shehan's signed statement, along with that of witness T. E. Lewis, are included. Hamilton was found guilty and sentenced to death. The tribunal, by a vote of 6-1, found no grounds for recommending him to the Executive for commutation or pardon, so he was sentenced to be hung "in the vacant space in the neighborhood of Gormley's Canal in the Second Municipality." The tribunal set Hamilton's value at $300. He had been represented by attorney Alfred Hennen. No docket number on the record 11 50
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State of Louisiana vs Sam Miller, alias John Hawkins, slave of Mr. Green 1841 The particulars of the case are missing but there are two detailed statements (one of them signed) of witnesses who knew Sam when he was a free man living and working on boats near Buffalo, New York, ten years prior to the case at hand. No docket number on the record 11 52
Parish Court (Slave Tribunal)
State of Louisiana vs Victorine, slave of Baptiste Quiones 1842 Accused of poisoning Madame Baptiste Quiones and two other free women. Includes signed statements by A. F. Perez to the effect that he came home and found family members sick, the slave missing, and the beans that had been eaten covered with a white substance he believed to be poison. Other witnesses are named but their testimony is not included. The tribunal found Victorine not guilty and ordered her returned to her master. No docket number on the record 11 40
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State of Louisiana vs Washington, slave of Jose Lobrano 1842 Washington was accused of killing Licey, slave of Madame Cucullu by cutting her throat with a razor. The signed statement of Charles Buck, a watchman stationed on Common Street, declared that two women told him they suspected Washington of having killed his wife. The watchman broke down the door of the house with an axe and found Licey dead on the floor and Washington trying to cut his own throat with the razor. Other witnesses are named, but none of their testimony is present. Washington was found guilty and sentenced to be hung on the lower side of the New Basin Canal. The tribunal set his value at $300. Also included is a passage permit for Licey, made prior to the incident along with a bond for the appearances of Buck and Jane, slave of Elwin, as witnesses. No docket number on the record 11 39
Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 257 State of Louisiana vs Augustin, slave of Joseph Prados 1820 Accused of setting fire to the kitchen of Madame Felicite Depeyster in the Faubourg St. Mary. Several witnesses, including D. Prieur, two slaves, and a free man of color are referenced, but no testimony is included. Augustin was found not guilty and returned to his master.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 258 State of Louisiana vs Antoine, slave of Marie Dauphin dite Junou 1820 Accused of running over a child with a dray and causing his death. Signed statements of two witnesses (one a free woman of color) and one by Antoine. There is no information on the trial or its outcome.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 264 State of Louisiana vs Moses, slave of Mr. Lyonnais 1822 Charged with beating with his fists and with the handle of a whip, causing a great deal of blood. Includes a long statement signed by the victim, Troiville DuBord, a white man. Five witnesses and two members of the Garde de Ville are also listed. He was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging in the public square near the basin of Carondelet, but due to mitigating circumstances, the judge and jury "do hereby recommend him to the mercy of His Excellency the Governor and Senate of this State."
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 267 State of Louisiana vs John, slave of Dr. Flood 1822 Charged with assaulting James Harvey, a constable, with a knife and causing grievous wounds on his hand and arm. Harvey had suspected John of being a runaway after seeing him in the Faubourg Marigny and tried to take him to the guard house when the knife attack occurred. Two men helped him bring John to the guard house. Includes signed statements by Harvey and Frederich Taichner. John was found not guilty, was discharged, and returned to his master.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 269 State of Louisiana vs Andre, slave of Morgan, Dorsey & Co. 1824 Charged with stabbing with intent to kill Toussaint Marot. Includes signed testimony of Marot and of Edward Meance. No record of the case's disposition is included.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 270 State of Louisiana vs Albert, slave of Mr. Jambu 1824 Charged with being an accomplice of Mulberry in the poisoning of the Destrehan family. He, too, was found not guilty. No testimony is included in the record.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 271 State of Louisiana vs Mulberry, slave of N. Destrehan 1824 Charged with sprinkling arsenic on fresh meat that he delivered to his master's cook. The meat was served to Destrehan and his family, all of whom became sick with one person dying. Mulberry was found not guilty due to insufficient evidence that he was the guilty party. Included is signed testimony of several witnesses, including Mulberry.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 273 State of Louisiana vs Church, slave 1825 Church, slave of Charles Caldwell of Kentucky, was in the possession of Kelly & Hundley, slave sellers. Thomas Kelly tried to whip Church, who stabbed him in the hand and cheek and then ran away. Witnesses included two other slaves. He was found guilty of stabbing with intent to kill and sentenced to life in prison at hard labor and to receive fifty lashes on his bare back by the common executioneer to be hired by the sheriff for that purpose.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 280 State of Louisiana vs Marianne, slave of Madame Peuch 1826 Charged with assault and using abusive, insulting language toward Jaynette(?) Roman, f.w.c. Includes a signed statement by Roman and another free woman of color, and a bond for $100 signed by Alexandre Benoist. The case was nolle prossed.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 281 State of Louisiana vs Toussine, slave of Rosalie, f. w. c. 1825 Testimony of Julia, slave of J. Bermudez, regardin a pocket book containing three bank notes and Toussine's involvement with it. Lucile, also a slave of Bermudez, agreed with Julia's testimony. The Attorney General ordered the case nol prossed.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 283 State of Louisiana vs George, slave of Mr. Souvinette 1812 Accused of advising, persuading, and encouraging Lindor, Charley, and Felix, slaves of Mr. Bienvenu, to insurrection against their master and the white inhabitants of the state of Louisiana. The tribunal found that "there is a strong suspicion against him, that he was informed of the plot, and therefore order that he shall be present in irons to the execution of Lindor to be made … on A. Bienvenu's plantation" and then be delivered to his master. J. Etienne Bore was among the jurors.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 288 State of Louisiana vs Daniel, slave of Vincent Bilote 1826 Charged with larceny for stealing $212, shirts, silver spoons, forks, etc. from Pierre Lalande Dapremont. Included are signed statements of several witnesses, including free persons of color. Daniel was found guilty and sentenced to jail where he was to receive fifteen lashes on his bare back, ten more on the eighth day, and then be returned to his master.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 289 State of Louisiana vs Jim, slave of George Holloway 1826 Charged with larceny for stealing a large trunk, a small trunk, a box, a silver tumbler, a gold watch, and $150--for a total value of $900, from William Hendricks, f.m.c. He was found guilty and sentenced to receive twenty-five lashes on his bare back, to serve six months at hard labor on the city's chain gang, and then to be returned to his master, a resident of Alabama.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 291 State of Louisiana vs John, slave of Pierre Lacoste 1826 Charged with larceny for stealing twenty-seven geese valued at $40 from J. S. Dumeny. Happened near the Bayou des Caunes(?) in the Faubourg Saulet. Includes signed statements of several witnesses, including Olive Harang, f.w.c. John was sentenced to receive twenty-five lashes on his bare back, followed by labor for fifteen days "in chains with the chained negroes of this city," and then to be returned to his master.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 293 State of Louisiana vs James, slave of James Stewart 1826 Charged with theft of a gold watch from Charles James Gow. Richard Green, f.m.c., had James ask for a $5 loan on the watch in order to pay a gambling debt. Green found out that Gow had advertised the lost watch in the newspaper, and returned it to him. The watch was valued at $120. Witnesses in addition to Gow and Green were John, at Jonau's, and McMoss, f.m.c. The case was nolle prossed.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 294 State of Louisiana vs Nancy, slave of Bertel 1826 Francois St. John, f.m.c., was in a barber shop on Tchoupitoulas Street between Gravier and Poydras when Nancy, a mulatto slave, cut him on the left arm with a razor, intending to kill him. Nancy was found not guilty and returned to her master after having been in jail for three days.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 295 State of Louisiana vs Marie, slave of Eben Fiske 1826 Charged wit striking, beating, and wounding David Kokernot, a white person. Included is a signed statement by Kokernot. She was found guillty, sentenced to receive five lashes on her bare back, and to be returned to her master.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 297 State of Louisiana vs Grace, slave of Cyr Beranger 1826 Assault and battery on Martin Fazende, f.m.c. Witnesses included two other free men of color and two other men, all of whom left signed statements in the record. Grace was found guilty and sentenced to receive five lashes on her bare shoulders and then to be returned to her master.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 297 State of Louisiana vs Grace, slave of Cyr Beranger 1826 Assault and battery on Martin Fazende, f.m.c. Witnesses included two other free men of color along with two other men, all of whom left signed statements in the record. Grace was found guilty and sentenced to receive five lashes on her bare shoulders and then to be returned to her master.
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Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 298 State of Louisiana vs Fanny, slave of John M. Lee 1826 Accused of striking, beating, and wounding Maurice Garibaldi, a white man. He and two other men were witnesses. Grace, slave of Beranger, appears to have been a co-defendant. 10 21
Parish Court (Slave Tribunal) 298 State of Louisiana vs Fanny, slave of John M. Lee 1826 Accused of striking, beating, and wounding Maurice Garibaldi, a white man. He and two others were witnesses. Grace, slave of Beranger, appears to have been a codefendant 10 21

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